“Gray’s godless mysticism asks us to look outside ourselves and simply see. This is a lot more difficult than it sounds . . . Sometimes I think John Gray is the great Schopenhauerian European Buddhist of our age. What he offers is a gloriously pessimistic cultural analysis, which rightly reduces to rubble the false idols of the cave of liberal humanism.”—Simon Critchley, The Los Angeles Review of Books
“[Gray's is] a powerful message, and not without elements of profundity. And it is conveyed with eloquence of language and dignity of thought.”—Robert W. Merry, The National Interest
“Gray’s fans should find much here to please them. The range of literary, historical and philosophical extracts—from Conrad and Zweig to Borges and John Ashbery, and from Nietzsche and Freud to Robinson Jeffers and Czeslaw Milosz, to name only a few—is broad and deep. Gray’s own utterances are by turns characteristically dark, audacious and outrageous.”—Caspar Henderson, The Telegraph
“Silence of Animals is a beautifully written book, the product of a strongly questioning mind. It is effectively an anthology with detailed commentary, setting out one rich and suggestive episode after another, each of which becomes only more suggestive by the juxtaposition.” –Philip Hensher, The Spectator
John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including The Immortalization Commission, Black Mass, and Straw Dogs. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.
I, however, loved it, and have already starting reading it again.
He makes astonishing statements, such as "human beings are not a species" and includes commonly used words but in their less well known meaning.
The secret, he thinks -- and I agree -- is that those bad habits, and the good ones, ARE us.
Miserable outlook. Here is an author, in the words of Bob Dylan, "Trying to drag you down into the hole that he's in"Published 3 months ago by P. Riddle
If you haven't read Straw Dogs, read it before you read this book.Silence is an interesting book but I think it's essentially a footnote or appendix to Straw Dogs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JAK
A thought-provoking read. It is pretty heavy stuff but is none the less highly rewarding. Manages to disprove the "myth" of progress (to a large extent)Published 4 months ago by Kugan
a little bit of a tough read for me at times but overall i enjoyed the book. a lot of interesting ideas to think about are discussed by grayPublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
He makes astonishing statements, such as "human beings are not a species" and includes commonly used words but in their less well known meaning. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dee Briscomb
John Gray has become a relentlessly more clear-eyed observer of the long degeneration of modernism than any other in the last few decades. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Walter J. Smith
Reading books written by John Gray probably won't make you feel better about yourself (or the state of humanity), unless, of course, you're an intellectual masochist. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg Linster
A needed reminder for many that motivation for our actions is not the cold rationality we too often apply to explain them
Too lengthy excepts from other sources tended... Read more